DishPal for iPad: delicious SNS underwhelms

Mar 30, 2012
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Many people like looking at and sharing photos of delicious food, the only question is which service should you use to do get your fix? DishPal, which previously existed for iPhone and iPod Touch, has launched an iPad-centric app, DishPal for iPad: delicious SNS. DishPal’s purpose is to share photos of food and recommendations of […]

Many people like looking at and sharing photos of delicious food, the only question is which service should you use to do get your fix? DishPal, which previously existed for iPhone and iPod Touch, has launched an iPad-centric app, DishPal for iPad: delicious SNS.

DishPal’s purpose is to share photos of food and recommendations of what to eat and where to eat it. Although DishPal seems to be a popular option for food sharing on iPhone, I was less than impressed with the iPad version. For one, the app only works in landscape mode and the design doesn’t make good use of iPad’s real estate. The dish thumbnails are too small, and even when expanded, the size is ill-proportioned for the iPad screen. This, coupled with my impression that DishPal’s most active users are outside of the U.S., means I found the app to be incredibly underwhelming and not much use, especially when there are other options available with more active users in my metro area.

At the very least, you can view DishPal’s submissions for free, without committing to an account. To submit your own dishes, or use the potluck party and magazine features, you will need to connect your Facebook account (there doesn’t seem to be a log-in option other than Facebook). I found the magazine section to be the most interesting feature of the app, but it’s not enough to make me want to use DishPal for iPad on a daily basis.

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